WALDORF, Md., – The Newark Bears defeated the Southern Maryland 6-3 in twelve innings on Tuesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland.
The Blue Crabs jumped on top in the home second off Bears’ starter Mike Loree. Back-to-back home runs off the bats Eric Crozier and Jeremy Owens made it 2-0 Southern Maryland. Newark came back with a run in the visitor’s fifth. James Cooper led off the frame with a single and Gabe Suarez, who made his Bears’ debut, pushed him to third with a single of his own. Cooper came home on a Kennard Jones groundout to pull Newark within a run.
The Bears pushed ahead for the first time in the eighth as Jones singled, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. After Daryle Ward was intentionally passed and Nook Logan was brought in to pinch run, Paddy Matera plated Jones on a RBI groundout to tie at 2. John-Ford Griffin legged out an infield single that was misplayed by Crozier at first, allowing Logan to score on the error and give Newark a one-run lead.
The Blue Crabs came right back in the home half as Patrick Osborn drilled a solo shot out to left to the game back up at 3. The score remained the same until the top of the twelfth. Jones drew a one-out walk and swiped his second bag of the night, followed by an intentional pass to Scott Spiezio. Two batters later, Matera ripped a double down the first base line to plate Jones and put Newark back up. Griffin followed with a two-run single to bring home Spiezio and Matera and the lead was up to three.
Loree, who didn’t factor in the decision, fired six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with two walks and season-best seven strikeouts. Kenny Rayborn tossed six and one-third in the start for Southern Maryland, allowing one run on eight hits, with a pair of walks and pair of strikeouts. He also didn’t factor in the decision. Greg Reinhard (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief, with three strikeouts and walk to earn the win. Chris Mobley (2-2) was dealt the loss, allowing three runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings of work. Matt Smith came out of the bullpen to earn the save working a perfect twelfth. Five Bear pitchers combined to strikeout 17 on the night.
The Bears continue their series with the Blue Crabs on Wednesday Game is set for 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing all the play-by-play.
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